Or, much more simply: Which songs best evoke the sex, drama, heartache, struggle, liberation and mindfucks of queer lives then and now? What follows is not a comprehensive or ranked list, but one that bridges the gap between post-Stonewall disco parties and gender-queer millennial rock of today. While some classics do appear on our list, others do not — sorry, Gloria Gaynor, Kylie Minogue, RuPaul, Britney and Cher, we still adore you — here are 25 essential pride songs from the s to today. Disco goddess Summer initially needed some convincing.
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How does a song become a gay anthem? There are disco classics featuring our favorite, big-voiced divas. There are the introspective slow jams that mirror our struggles with self-acceptance and social rejection. There are viral sensations that caught our attention, and underground tracks that some of us have yet to discover. To keep this countdown diverse, artists were only allowed one song on this list. Don't forget to follow our playlist on Spotify below.
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But the song is also kicking up controversy over how it portrays queer relationships, especially lesbian and bisexual ones. The Katy Perry comparison doesn't help matters: Katy herself has said she would rewrite the song if she could. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Now, Hayley Kiyoko — whose fans call her "lesbian Jesus" — is calling out Rita for "Girls" and its messaging in a new Instagram post.
The song was released as the album's lead single on 19 August It was later included on their compilation albums t. Remixes and The Best